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post #1 of 17
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So I'm getting ready to yank a pair of bindings to put on another pair of skis. Earlier today (thanks to epicski forums) I started thinking I may want to mount the soon to be binding less skis tele next year.

So in the meantime should I fill the old holes in? If they are not being skied do I need to worry about water vapor accumulating and rotting the cores? What do shops fill old binding holes with, epoxy?

Thanks.
post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by dumpy View Post
So in the meantime should I fill the old holes in? If they are not being skied do I need to worry about water vapor accumulating and rotting the cores?
The only time I remember actually seeing a ski crack through a hole, it was an unplugged hole that had allowed the ski to rot a bunch. The skis were like 15 years old though.
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What do shops fill old binding holes with, epoxy?
Plastic plugs, usually. Hammer in and shave off. Epoxy would be fine.

I have some foam skis with an absurd number of old holes, many unfilled...haven't broken them yet.
post #3 of 17
The hammer in plugs look nice, but if you have a hot glue gun, shooting a bit in works great. Garrett is one up on me....I haven't seen an unplugged hole actually cause trouble yet. I don't doubt that it could if you are keeping them forever, and they are stored in a damp place but I have some 20 year old wood core xc skis with all sorts of holes.
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Wait a minnit

Old skis = Volants?
post #5 of 17
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Old skis = Volants?
No, I'm keeping my craptastic Volants as rock skis (just had them remounted actually). My goal is to see if I can get the whole top sheet chip off (these are the rare non-stainless Volants).

these are a pair of Dynastar Trouble Makers that are noodled, but in otherwise Ok shape. thought they might work as a learn to tele ski.
post #6 of 17
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What about dripping some p-tex in the holes? I'm thinking either that or some JB weld.
post #7 of 17
Ah. Check. .
post #8 of 17
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What about dripping some p-tex in the holes? I'm thinking either that or some JB weld.
Too much adhesion to the sides of the hole, doesn't reach the bottom.

A better-flowing epoxy in a fine-point glue syringe can work; bring tzatziki and falafel for a picnic.

BTW, if you have a 5/16" dowel and an old-school helical rasp pencil sharpener, you can make your own plugs + use binding adhesive.
post #9 of 17
Wood golf tees and glue also works well.
post #10 of 17
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Too much adhesion to the sides of the hole, doesn't reach the bottom.

A better-flowing epoxy in a fine-point syringe can work, but is rather a pita.

BTW, if you have a 5/16" dowel and an old-school helical rasp pencil sharpener, you can make your own plugs + use binding adhesive.
I think I'm just going to ask my local shop for a few plugs, that seems like the easiest solution.
post #11 of 17
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I think I'm just going to ask my local shop for a few plugs, that seems like the easiest solution.

You don't sound overwhelmed, much.

Sorry.
post #12 of 17
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nah i wouldn't say overwhelmed, I just figure instead of buying a tube of epoxy or screwing around with dowels and a pencil sharpener, I might as well just ask them for a few cheap pieces that will probably work better anyway.

I can't imagine they'd say no if I'm bringing in the bindings I pulled to get mounted on another set of skis (which i am doing).

I value simplicity...
post #13 of 17
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Garrett is one up on me....I haven't seen an unplugged hole actually cause trouble yet.
After being told by old wives forever that this was guaranteed to happen if you drilled more than X holes in a ski, I was pretty amused to actually see it happen for once. And this pair of skis had obviously been stored somewhere wet for a very long time.
post #14 of 17
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What about dripping some p-tex in the holes? I'm thinking either that or some JB weld.
Used the ptex once...the topsheet melted and pulled back, leaving a big ugly black bulls-eye of exposed fiberglass.

We're doing great here guys, 14 posts on plugging holes!
post #15 of 17
I used silicone caulk last time I needed to move some bindings. JB Weld is my usual hole-plugger, though.
post #16 of 17
Dumpy, I have a ton of plugs in a variety of colors. I'd be happy to send you some no charge if you want.
post #17 of 17
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Dumpy, I have a ton of plugs in a variety of colors. I'd be happy to send you some no charge if you want.
Mucho thanks for the offer, but I ended up getting some from the shop.
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